Rep. Dunsby Update: Saying “No” to the Governor’s Request for $10 Million to Study Tolls

Posted on July 19, 2018 by rjoslyn


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7/19/18

As you may have heard, Governor Malloy this week announced he is requesting $10 million in borrowed money to pay for a study on the impact of electronic tolling in Connecticut.

Toll legislation has been considered by the General Assembly each of the past five years, and it has never gotten a floor vote.  Significant public opposition to putting another financial burden on Connecticut taxpayers has prevented its passage in the legislature.

In the face of that opposition, the governor issued an Executive Order requiring the DOT to prepare a toll proposal and study how much it would cost commuters.  However, I don’t think we need a study to show the implications of tolls because they are obvious – it will make living in Connecticut even more unaffordable than it already is.

We already allocate to transportation: two gas taxes, the tax on out-of- state trucks, one half point of the CT sales tax, the sales tax on new cars, all sorts of fees, and borrowed money.  We should be reducing the tax burden on families and businesses, not increasing it.

My caucus has sent a proposal to Governor Malloy to address our transportation needs without imposing tolls – proposals that have been ignored.

To that point, I would like to share with you a letter my colleagues – House Minority Leader Themis Klarides and Finance Committee Ranking Member Chris Davis – wrote to the governor asking him to remove the request from the Bonding Commission’s agenda.

I stand with my colleagues in urging the Bond Commission to refuse the governor’s $10 million request as well.

The Commission is scheduled to meet on July 25.

Click on the image below to read the full letter:

 

Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have questions about items on the State Bond Commission agenda or any other state issue.

Rep. Dunsby Achieves Perfect Voting Record

Posted on July 10, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD –State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) achieved a 100% voting record for all roll call votes taken on the floor of the State House of Representatives during both the 2018 Regular Session and the Veto Override Session, which concluded on June 25. According to the data released by the House Clerk’s office, he cast every one of the 317 roll call votes called this year in the House.

Rep. Dunsby also achieved this distinction during the 2017 Regular Session and the Special Session, which lasted until last October. Last year, he was in attendance for all 417 of the roll call votes.

“The people of the 135th expect their voices to be heard on every single vote,” said Rep. Dunsby. “Whether a legislative session was called on short notice or a vote was held in the early hours of the morning, I made sure that they were. I am grateful for the honor of representing the people of Easton, Redding, and Weston, and will strive to make every vote next year as well.”

Perfect attendance and voting records are difficult to achieve since most legislators do not live in Hartford. This distinction was achieved by only 52 out of 151 House members this year, which is 34% of Rep. Dunsby’s colleagues.

The next regular session of the General Assembly will convene in January of 2019.

Rep. Dunsby and Sen. Hwang Vote to Override Governor’s Veto of Bill Preventing Mid-Year Cuts

Posted on June 28, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) voted on Monday to override Governor Dan Malloy’s veto of a bill prohibiting future governors from making cuts to education aid in the middle of a fiscal year. State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) also voted to override the veto in the Senate.

Although there was enough support in the House on a 103-33 vote margin to override the governor’s veto, the override effort failed to achieve 2/3rd support in the Senate and was unsuccessful, meaning Governor Malloy’s veto will stand.  The legislature also failed to override vetoes on several other pieces of legislation that passed this year when Senate Democrats sided with Governor Malloy.

Public Act 18-35 was legislation intended to prevent a Connecticut governor from withholding Education Cost Sharing funds promised to a municipality for the school year, and was a key priority for Rep. Dunsby and Sen. Hwang.

“Never before has a Connecticut governor used his executive authority to withhold money promised to schools in the middle of a school year,” said Rep Dunsby. “This act said nothing about the amount of funding a town receives, just that once an amount had been promised and relied upon it could not be changed in the middle of the school year. I was glad the House overrode the governor’s veto on a bipartisan vote, though disappointed the Senate did not do the same. If the state can’t provide the aid it once did, it should at least provide our towns predictability.”

“Rep. Dunsby and I spoke with one voice on behalf of Easton and Weston’s educators, children and families,” said Sen. Hwang.  “I was proud to stand with Rep. Dunsby on this crucial funding issue.  At the same time, I was bitterly disappointed that despite our votes to override the governor’s ill-advised veto, they were not enough to get it to the finish line in the State Senate.  That’s truly a shame.  This bill would have created stability and predictability for our towns and local schools beyond the current budget.  I can promise Easton and Weston taxpayers this:  I am not deterred, and I will continue to stand with Rep. Dunsby in support of common sense policies like this one.”

All seven of the governor’s vetoes were sustained in a special session of the General Assembly on Monday.